2019: More JOMO, less FOMO

Now that the holidays are over, I have had some time to really reflect on 2018 and look forward to what I want my 2019 to look like.

My 2018 was really, really fantastic! I am still in so much awe sometimes that this is my life and  that I have the opportunity to work in this industry.

Some highlights from 2018:

  • Events
    • Attended and spoke at User groups and Community events like Tahoe Dreamin, India Dreamin and Dreamforce
    • Hosted #OhanaChai, connecting with Ohana in India
    • Served on the Core Team for India Dreamin
  • Travel
    • Projects and speaking engagements took me around not only the US, but to Singapore, Japan, China and India
  • Trailblazer Community Groups
    • 2018 saw the end of my involvement in 2 user groups. First, I stepped down from the Cleveland NP User group due to changes in group leader rules that require you lead only one group. Secondly, I stepped down from the Cleveland WIT group in order to start the Akron WIT group, as that is the city in which I actually live.

As I reflect on 2018, and look through all the pictures, I am overwhelmed with gratitude that I am able to live such a life and meet people all over the world. I realize, however, that my habit of saying yes to everything is wearing me out a little. My fear of “FOMO” (fear of missing out) has been driving that a tad over the last few years, and I have noticed a general wearing down of myself. I felt more stress, more anxiety and just a bit less happy; all these things in turn, affect my personal and family life.

With this realization that I have been essentially pouring from an (almost) empty cup, I have set the intention for 2019 to be the year of


If you google JOMO, you will find many great websites, articles and books related to the idea, just as I did. The concept really resonates with me, and I am mapping out what implementing this concept into my life means. I felt this internal drive to be everywhere and do all the things. This is not sustainable. Self care is important, and I’ve been trying to really be cognizant of it since Chris Duarte’s 2016 Southeast Dreamin Closing keynote, where she reminded us that it’s important to care of yourself first, before you will be an effective giver to anyone else.

So with that in mind, here are some ways I will make 2019 my year of JOMO professionally:

  • This will be my last post on this blog.
    • I have really enjoyed posting over that last almost 2 years with Tom, but I have found myself getting stressed about posting, what to post, does anyone care if I post, etc. So, JOMO! Tom will continue to post here, and I look forward to reading his future blogs.
  • GIFSquad
    • I was running the Twitter and #WeekOf posts, and again, was getting stressed over those tasks, so I have relinquished those duties.
  • #OhanaChai
    • Anyone who knows me understands how special my relationships with the Ohana in India are to me, and the sporadic #OhanaChai video chats kept me connected. This will not completely go away…but stay tuned for a new experience!
  • Events
    • As much as I enjoy speaking at events, I really miss the freedom of going as an attendee only. I’m thinking through how I can best accomplish both for 2019.
    • I am so very happy that I served on the Core Team for India Dreamin. The event is truly one of a kind, however, travel to India is quite difficult for this mom of two and isn’t not in my plans for 2019. I did have to leave that committee, but am very happy to announce that I was asked to join the WITness Success core team! I will be helping with obtaining sponsors and some social media. I am really looking forward to this awesome event in July and hope to see you there!
  • No more Freelancing
    • I recently announced that I joined The Crevalle Group, formally starting on January 14th.  Please read more about it here.


So, there it is. My 2019 intention is to find the JOY in missing out and I wish the same for everyone reading this!





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